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Coronavirus UK LIVE: Hotel near Heathrow airport CLOSED and designated as quarantine centre

  • 1,874 dead and over 72,436 cases globally
  • 78 Brits on Diamond Princess cruise have been quarantined 
  • Two Brits trapped on cruise have tested positive for coronavirus 

THE Holiday Inn Heathrow Ariel hotel near London's Heathrow airport has been forced to close to the public and designated as a coronavirus quarantine centre as health officials prepare for more UK cases. 

More than 70 Brits trapped on board a coronavirus-hit cruise ship in Japan could be flown home, the UK government has confirmed as a British couple have tested positive for the deadly virus.

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  • Jon Rogers 's avatarJon Rogers45 seconds ago18th February 2020

    SPORT RELIEF CELEBRITY CHALLENGE MOVES LOCATION OVER CORONAVIRUS FEARS

    A Sport Relief celebrity challenge that was due to take place in Mongolia has moved location over fears about the spread of the coronavirus.

    Frankie Bridge, Karim Zeroual, Nick Grimshaw and Samantha Womack are among the seven stars that were due to take part in On Thin Ice which was due to be held in Mongolia next week.

    The stars had been preparing to face freezing temperatures and a 100-mile triathlon.

    The event has now been move to the Namib Desert where they will face a four-day, 100-mile expedition, the BBC reports.

    The celebrities will start at the source of the Kuiseb River and travel on foot and bike to the Skeleton Coast, scaling the world's highest sand dunes in temperatures of 30C as they go.

    Other celebrities taking part are Louise Minchin, Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Rob Rinder.

    Comic Relief interim chief executive Ruth Davison said: “After closely monitoring travel advice, we have decided to relocate our international fundraising challenge, which starts this weekend.

    “We had previously been looking at a range of locations and challenges and we think that the Namib Desert expedition is a fitting alternative.

    “We are extremely grateful for our team of celebrities who have not wavered in their passion and determination to want to take on a challenge for us, which is extraordinary in itself.”

    Grimshaw told his Radio 1 listeners: “It's still great to do it. However I can't work out if it's better or worse.”

    The event, which hopes to raise funds and awareness of mental health services has been renamed Sport Relief: The Heat Is On.

    The BBC will show a documentary on the event in the run up to Sport Relief on 13 March.

  • Jon Rogers 's avatarJon Rogers14 minutes ago18th February 2020

    CASES OF HUMAN-TO-HUMAN SPREAD CORONAVIRUS OUTSIDE CHINA RISES TO NEARLY 100

    The number of cases of the human-to-human spread outside of China of coronavirus has risen to 92 in 12 countries, the head of the World Health Organisation has said.

    But Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus added: “We don't have data to make a meaningful comparison to China cases.

    “We have not seen sustained local transmission of coronavirus except in specific circumstances like the Diamond Princess cruise ship.”

    Dr Mike Ryan, director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme, said “clearly there has been more transmission than expected” on the cruise ship.

  • Jon Rogers 's avatarJon Rogers25 minutes ago18th February 2020

    JAGUAR LAND ROVER HAS ONLY ENOUGH PARTS TO LAST TWO WEEKS

    Jaguar Land Rover has said it only has enough parts from China to keep production going in Britain for the next two weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak.

    It said that beyond the next fortnight production was uncertain.

    Britain's largest car manufacturer, which operates three factories in the UK, is the latest company to warn about the impact of the virus on supply chains.

    Chief executive Ralf Speth said: “We are safe for this week and we are safe for next week and in the third week we have … parts missing.

    “We have flown parts in suitcases from China to the UK.”

    Guenter Butschek, the boss of Tata Motors, the parent company of JLR, said: “We are safe for the month of February and for a good part of March.

    “Are we fully covered at this point of time for the full month of March? Unfortunately … not.”

  • Jon Rogers 's avatarJon Rogers1 hour ago18th February 2020

    TRUMP GETTING DAILY UPDATES ON CORONAVIRUS

    US President Donald Trump is being briefed daily on the coronavirus, a White House press secretary has confirmed.

    Stephanie Grisham claimed the US administration was taking “unprecedented steps” to curb travel from China.

    Appearing on Fox News, Grisham said a task force, spearheaded by the Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, was “meeting twice every day.”

    She added: “We're keeping track of everything, the safety of Americans is the number one priority for the President and the administration.”

  • Jon Rogers 's avatarJon Rogers1 hour ago18th February 2020

    BRIT FAMILY DISCHARGED FROM FRENCH HOSPITAL

    A British family who contracted the coronavirus while on holiday at a French ski resort have been discharged from hospital.

    The family, which includes a 9-year-old child, became infected after coming into contact with the scout leader Steve Walsh, who had travelled to the Contamines-Montjoie resort having attended a conference in Singapore where he is thought to have contracted the virus.

    The family were treated at a hospital in Grenoble but have now been released.

    French Health Minister Olivier Veran said: “All of the patients that were hospitalised in Grenoble were able to leave the hospital.

    “Thus the family that were infected, an English family, the father and his son were able to leave the hospital in Grenoble. They are no longer considered to be sick or carriers of the virus.”

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